The Keys to Writing Short Story

Writing short stories sound so easy … it’s only a few thousand words on a page, not double-digit thousands, right? A lot of people diminish the effort required to produce a highly readable short story. Fortunately, though, there is something of a resurgence in the popularity of the form these days. When writing a novel… Continue reading The Keys to Writing Short Story

Advertisement

How Many Words in a Novel, Short Story or Book?

Is a novel 50,000 or 120,000? Is a short story 1000 words or 10,000? Well ... it depends. I know. You wanted something concrete, didn't you. Sorry. But we're largely talking about creative writing here and that is inexact: it's art, after all. Let's play with some ballpark figures to satisfy your curiosity and test… Continue reading How Many Words in a Novel, Short Story or Book?

The Rocks Scaffolding of 3 Acts

protagonist -up tree - rocks

When it comes to writing a play or a novel, the three-act form of Opening Act, Middle Act and Closing Act is a fundamental structure. Deceptively simple, it has stood the test of time and still works today. Short stories or novels can benefit from this approach. To actually explain how to go about creating… Continue reading The Rocks Scaffolding of 3 Acts

Best Selling Author Talk – Fiona McArthur

When you have an opportunity to hear an author talk, it pays to listen. Especially if that author is successful, as in some fifty published books or more – both traditional and self-published - and has won awards for her writing. Today was such a chance for me. Fiona McArthur is on the hustings (at least… Continue reading Best Selling Author Talk – Fiona McArthur